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Conservative, Progressive Democrat, Republican Vie for House District 9

Three candidates want to represent recently re-drawn state House district 9 next session. The rambling district includes Richardson Highway communities from Valdez to the Interior, and Prince William Sound’s Whittier.

October 27, 2014

Tilton, Wehmhoff Vie For House 12

House District 12 stretches from eastern Anchorage suburbs to semi-rural precincts in the Matanuska Valley. Two first – time candidates will face off on November 4 for the district’s seat in the legislature. They are Republican Cathy Tilton and Democrat Gretchen Wehmhoff.

October 23, 2014

McGee, Vazquez vie for open House District 22 seat

Rep. Mia Costello vacated the seat for House District 22 this year when she decided to run for Senate K instead. Neither of the candidates vying for her house seat have served in the legislature before, and their positions have some overlap.

October 23, 2014

A Year In, Battle for Dude Creek Still Being Quietly Waged

After vigorous debate in the Legislature and public,, little to nothing has changed—even as the next step in the process is just weeks away.

October 23, 2014
Republican incumbent Bill Stoltze (left) and Democratic challenger Patricia Chesbro (left). (Photos by Josh Edge/APRN)

Senate F Race Pits Valley Educator Against Seasoned Legislator

A new District.. Senate F.. was created with last year’s state redistricting plan, and now two candidates with solid ties to the the area want to represent it in Juneau.

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October 22, 2014
Candidate Laurie Hummel for House District 15

Ret. Colonel runs for House District 15, seeks to reduce and realign budget

A political newcomer is vying for the House seat in Anchorage’s district 15, which contains Muldoon and Elmendorf. Retired Army Colonel Laurie Hummel, a Democrat, is challenging Republican Gabrielle LeDoux, who has served in the legislature representing first Kodiak and now district 15. KSKA spoke with Hummel about her campaign. LeDoux did not respond to requests for an interview.

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October 21, 2014

Consolidating ASD schools under consideration, but not likely to save money in short term

The Anchorage School Board wants the district administration to look at how consolidating schools could help close the district’s anticipated $22 million budget gap. Preliminary data shows it may hurt more than help in the short term.

October 20, 2014

Military recruiters banned from Anchorage Schools

Military recruiters are no longer welcome at Anchorage schools. Superintendent Ed Graff made the decision after the Anchorage Press published allegations that an Army National Guard recruiter had sex with and made sexual advances toward high school JROTC cadets.

October 20, 2014

Dunleavy Faces Independent Challenger in Senate E Race

Political newcomer Warren Keogh, non-affiliated, is challenging incumbent Republican Michael Dunleavy for the Senate E seat in the November general election. Two candidates both live in the Matanuska Valley – other than that, they have little in common.

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October 20, 2014
United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (© Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia Commons)

Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriages can continue in Alaska

Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state’s appeal early next year. The governor’s office is continuing with the appeal.

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October 17, 2014
Les Mis brings local touch to global production

Les Mis brings local touch to global production

Les Miserables opens in Anchorage Friday. The Broadway musical has been produced around the world since 1985, but this production has local twists.

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October 17, 2014
After three decades, the Anchorage School District says goodbye to an educator. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Teacher’s Pet: A Four-Legged Educator Retires

The Anchorage School District recently said goodbye to one of its longest-serving and most unusual educators. What’s more, the departure leaves the district with a gap not likely to be soon filled.

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October 17, 2014
Michael Cooper speaks at a press conference about Ebola risks. Hillman/KSKA

Ebola risk low in Alaska, plan in place to stop spread

Alaska is at low risk for exposure to Ebola, but self-monitoring by those who have been to West Africa is necessary.

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October 16, 2014

Settlement in Mt. Marathon Race Suit

The Seward Chamber of Commerce has been cleared of any negligence in the death of a Mt. Marathon race runner.

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October 16, 2014

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

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October 14, 2014

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

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October 14, 2014

Old Federal Building trees avoid the chopping block

Two large spruce trees in front of the Old Federal Building in downtown Anchorage will not be cut down. The General Services Administration, which looks after the site, had planned to remove the more than 50-year-old trees.

October 14, 2014
Lamb and Pearson applying to marry. Hillman/KSKA

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses, State asks for a stay

After a federal judge decided Sunday that Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, the State of Alaska started accepting applications for gay marriages this morning. But the state’s Attorney General is asking for a stay on that legal decision, which would put a hold on actually issuing any licenses.

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October 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in Alaska

A federal judge legalized same-sex marriage in Alaska on Sunday. Couples can start applying for licenses immediately and the state will recognize marriages from other states. Governor Sean Parnell said in a press release he will appeal the ruling in order to “defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.”

October 12, 2014
Same-sex marriage supporters stand in the rain outside of the federal courthouse after the hearing. Hillman/KSKA

Judge to rule on same-sex marriage in Alaska “soon”

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Alaska — yet. The US District Court judge chose not to make a decision today after hearing oral arguments from both the state and a group of couples who are fighting the marriage ban. The arguments were complicated by the recent 9th District Court decision that overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Idaho. Alaska is within the 9th Circuit, so that decision holds here as well.

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October 10, 2014